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Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points - Chapter 8

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 5/20/20

The last two thresholds are a bit different from the other three. They are sometimes called ” The Zone”.

Sherry explains:

“ We have found it useful to think of the two thresholds of seeking and intentional discipleship as a whole... what both thresholds have in common is that ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter 5/17/2020

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 5/17/20

Below is my homily from this morning's Mass for the 4th Sunday Easter.

I hope you find it helpful in your own circumstances.

Comments, observations and perspective on my homily or on today's readings are most welcome! See the "Comment Box" below the homily.

Peace be with you all!!! 

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Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points - Chapter 7

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 5/10/20

Just as trust is needed to order to move to curiosity, curiosity is needed in order to move beyond openness. Sherry tells us, “But moving into that threshold is one of the most difficult journeys for 21st century people to make because it demands that we declare ourselves open ... Read More »

About the necessity of intentional disciples...and their "inevitability" in a dying and shrinking church...

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 5/06/20

Hey Parish Council Members, have a look at this and comment below!! 

Really relevant to the book we are slogging through!!

Click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8veA2XQDd_E

Deacon Michael's Homily for 4th Sunday of Easter 5/3/2020

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 5/03/20

Below is my homily from this morning's Mass for the 4th Sunday Easter.

I hope you find it helpful in your own circumstances.

Comments, observations and perspective on my homily or on today's readings are most welcome! See the "Comment Box" below the homily.

Peace be with you all!!! 

... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points - Chapter 6

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 5/02/20

Once the bridge of trust has been established, Sherry explained, the role of the evangelizer is to help transition to the next threshold, that of curiosity about Jesus Christ. During this threshold people are open to exploring the possibility of a personal relationship with God. 

“Those who don’t believe ... Read More »

All monks now?

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/24/20

The article here linked from America Magazine makes a powerful observation about the new realities forced on us by the current pandemic and social distancing measures. It really resonated with me. I have made retreats many times at Trappist monasteries, mostly in Spencer Mass, but once in Gethsemane Kentucky ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points and Comments - Chapter 5

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/23/20

Once the bridge of trust has been established, Sherry explains, the role of the evangelizer is to help transition to the next threshold, that of curiosity about Jesus Christ. During this threshold people are open to exploring the possibility of a personal relationship with God.

“Those who don't believe ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for 2nd Sunday of Easter 4/19/2020

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/19/20

  Below is my homily from this morning's Mass for the 2nd Sunday Easter. I hope you find it helpful in your own circumstances. I welcome comments, observations and perspective on these readings as well in the "Comment Box" below. Peace be with you all!!!  If you wish, the ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points and Question - Chapter 4

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/15/20

Here Sherry brings the reader’s attention to two concepts that have been prevalent in our Catholic culture: “The sacrament will take care of it” and “the Church will provide”, The reader is then invited to ponder the sacramental life in a new way.

This chapter calls us to reflect ... Read More »